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From Tax Receipts to Sweet Treats: Patty Cakes Pops
Former CPA and Bronx native Petroula Lambrou turns her passion for baking into an art. Now a full-time baker, Petroula, who also goes by the name Patty, came up with the idea to launch her baking business while she was taking an Economics class in high school in 2009. One of her assignments was to conceive of her own business model. Her natural entrepreneurial skills kicked in, and the idea just popped up like her own shop, which started out as a lollipop theme. “Patty Pops” has now morphed into a full-time baking venture where Petroula’s creativity and business acumen are well-served into her stunning collection of designer cake pops and desserts, available for pick-up at her Pelham baking shop in Westchester County, and shipping online.
This December will mark the three-year anniversary of Patty Pops. Patty knew it was time to leave her job as a CPA at a Big 4 firm and take her baking passion to a full-time operation. She left her job 3 months before the covid pandemic hit, and opened her shop in December 2019. She and her team of dessert designers and bakers went to work and adapted to the changes taking place. Patty Pops provides an array of desserts with unique designs. While her focus is on using traditional flavors in her cake pops, like vanilla, chocolate, and funfetti, Patty adds specialty seasonal flavors like carrot cake, red velvet, dark chocolate peppermint, and pumpkin spice to her extensive collection. Her baklava cake pops offer an homage to her Greek Cypriot roots. Her cake pops are the perfect bite sized treats for children, satisfying their sweet tooth with portion control and fun creative designs. Busy moms also love them. It’s always better when someone else does the baking and they don’t have to. It’s just the right treat for a classroom birthday party with its no mess, no fuss approach to cake indulgence.
All of Patty’s creations are made from scratch and hand crafted by herself and her talented team of bakers and designers. She’s not only a baker but an artist where she can express her love of baking and creativity at the same time. Though she likes to keep a presence in her Pelham shop a couple of days a week to keep in touch with the community, her emphasis is on continuing to build a nationwide e-commerce model for online ordering and shipping. She credits her inspiration to savvy investor and entrepreneur Barbara Corcoran, who is also the Founder and Executive Producer of Shark Tank. Patty was featured as a guest on her podcast. Barbara encouraged Patty to take her baking venture to the next level by scaling up and going big, a standardized yet unique shop available for nationwide shipping.
Patty also creates large volume orders of her signature desserts for big companies and corporations. Her clients have included Target, Bloomingdales, Pepsi, Medidata Solutions, and her Alma Mater Fordham University. With the “work perks” business line booming, large companies are interested in supporting small women owned businesses and offering free food and snacks as an incentive to bring employees back to the office since the pandemic affected in-office employee presence. Patty has created edible logos for corporate events and holiday gifts boxes for corporate employees. Whatever your corporate catering needs are, Patty’s creations will dazzle and delight in flavor and aesthetics.
When she is not baking, Patty is actively engaged in community service. A motivated leader and self-starter, she is a founding member of the Cypriot Young Professionals, a division of the Cypriot US Chamber of Commerce, where she has also served as treasurer for the past 8 years. She is very grateful for the support she has received from the community. It’s her great pleasure to give back with her sweet treats that keep on growing and giving and put happy smiles on faces.
To place your order, visit pattypops.com. Feel free to pop into her shop located at 321 5th Avenue in Pelham, NY anytime on Fridays and Saturdays between the hours of 10am-5pm to enjoy her selection of pops and treats. The holidays are coming up fast. Patty will be busy designing and creating in the art of baking, but she’ll make the time to pop in and out with a warm welcome and hello. It’s recommended that orders are placed in advance.